February 19, 2013 at: 6:10 pm | Posted under: Fashion
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By Anna Spiewak, Fashion/Contributing Entertainment Editor
Despite severe weather conditions, the organizers of New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center, IMG Fashion Events and Properties decided to continue with the semi-annual trendsetting tradition.
Although some designers decided to postpone their shows to another day, mainly because their designs or models could not make it, Storm Nemo, which brought 10 inches of snow and slippery sidewalks around the Lincoln Center, where not only stiletto guests were seen slipping, by this reporter, but also a flat-shoed businessman as he continued talking on his cell phone, was dealt with by the IMG crew by hiring extra man crew to shovel the snow and provide extra heat inside the tent, according to a prepared statement the company released to the media.
The super storm broke out the second day of Fall 2013 NYFW, so those showing on the first day were luckier. One of them Concept Korea showcased the colorful works of five top South Korean designers: Choiboko, Cres. E. Dim, Son Jung Wan, Lie Sang Bong, and Kye on the evening of Feb. 7th at Lincoln Center’s Stage venue. To the rhythm of Korean music mixed with hip-hop, the recurring theme on the runway was reflective of the weather: wool, long hats, boots and leggings, with hints of leather and furry sleeves here and there. Some designers, such as Kye, opted to use graffiti patterns and intricate designs, reflective perhaps of their view of the Big Apple street attire. The recurring fall colors included black, white, tan and different shades of dark purple, which seemed to a few of the designers’ choice of color of the season.
Designer Timo Weiland’s men’s collection got the Box venue at Lincoln Center, the smallest display space where models stand still in the middle of the room, while industry professionals and the press walk around snapping pictures. The male models were adorned with wool coats with furry collars, knitted sweaters and blazers. The colors underlining his collection were black, white, red and green.
Feb. 8th, the day the snow snowstorm hit, ironically, was a successful day for designer Nicole Miller, for whose 6pm show at the Studio a handful of celebs braved the snow to attend. Ashlee Simpson, rapper Eve, photographer and America’s Next Top Model judge Nigel Barker were just a few of the front rowers at the event. Miller’s collection may have not been intended for men, but it was certainly male inspired, a la ‘wearing your boyfriend’s wardrobe who most likely moonlights as a musician.’ Both soft and hard textures were mixed to create an androgynous feel, grungy bordering on glam rock look: wool jackets, ivory silk shirts, lycra skirts. There was leather, silk, plaid and hats were worn by every other model.
Over the weekend, the 9pm Emerson show by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s veteran designer Jackie Fraser-Swan ran late since the designer was stuck on a train. Later her four young daughters were seated in the front row, dressed in their mother’s textured designs. Her collection was a mixture of black, grey, dark purple and plaid. There was a recurring theme of purple tinsel knit clothing. With the leftover material, the designer made a myriad of hair barrettes shaped into bows as gifts for guests sitting in the front row.
On the evening of Feb 12th, elsewhere during New York Fashion Week, Nolcha, which showcases the works of independent designers to a global audience of press, retailers and stylists celebrated Nolcha Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios with a runway show of four emerging designers: JUNGWON by June Sohn, Samantha Cole London, Lilly Lorraine by Christi du Mesnil Craven, and the crowd’s favorite Aisha x Artini by Dany Tabet.
JUNGWON’s designs reflected the Korean-American designer’s experience with New York City’s unpredictable weather while living there for more than a decade, on and off. For this reason her entire collection was all about waterproof and wind-breaking clothing to brave the wetness and the cold of the urban jungle. Models strutted the runway in hooded raincoats and rain boots.
Samantha Cole was all about British inspired rock’ n’ roll, as her models entered the runway with puffy hair, sharp collars, stilettos and geometric shapes on loose-fitting dresses, shirts and leggings.
Lilly Lorraine designs were the most demure. Titled “Rendezvous in the Moonlight”, Craven’s collection was inspired by the neutral tones and textures revealed by the moonlight upon the beauty of the earth’s natural architecture, according to the designer.
But Lebanese designer Dany Tabet’s collection seemed to have stolen the show, in more ways than one. The moment his first model stepped out, a wave of excitement and “ahh” was heard across the room. His eveningwear dresses, clearly inspired by art, were all diamond and sparkle, with a Swarovski-like feel. One after the other, the earthy, black, red and green dresses shined on the runway, long dresses with intricate cutouts and thigh-high slits or body hugging minis. The collection’s trademark is said to be the phoenix, which symbolizes “elegance, toughness, and independence and matches our mission to spark of life, never give up, fulfill our spirit, and spread out our love to all over the world.”
It wasn’t enough that the young designer already won over the crowd with his designs. In the end he did something unseen at fashion shows. He came out on the runway and started chatting to the audience, asking if they enjoyed the show. After a brief speech in which he confessed that this was his second showing at Nolcha, he called a girl out onto the runway thanking for all the help. He proceeded to take out a blue box out of his pocket as he got down on one knee and proposed. The crowd was ecstatic, and luckily for him, the girl said yes through the surprise and the tears. What started on a bad note with Nemo weather explosion, ended on a positive note around the holiday for lovers, especially for Dany Tabet. We wish him and his fiancée all the best for years to come, hoping he will continue producing amazing designs.
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, Nicole Miller
, Nigel Barker
, Nolcha Fashion Week
, Pier 59 Studios
, Samantha Cole London
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, Severe Weather Conditions
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, Timo Weiland
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